Integrating new automated systems into existing operations is a daunting challenge that can be met and overcome by diving into shop floor operations, analyzing what works, what doesn’t and developing a smart implementation plan with an experienced automation integrator. When considering the big picture, the possibilities are endless. Nathan Turner, President, Fastems, LLC will break it all down, presenting case history success stories illustrating the importance of partnering closely with an experienced automation integrator from the get-go to customize flexible systems that meet production needs. Mr. Turner will explain in detail how aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin worked closely with their Fastems Sales Manager and Operations Manager to develop Auto-SLC robot cells tailor-made to their F-35 Lightning II wing assembly line. The results were astounding and could only be achieved by taking into consideration every detail from laser ablating to a specialized ionized water flushing system. It’s a case study that can apply to all manufacturers involved in the cutting-edge aerospace industry. This was done by looking at things holistically and relying on their integrators to not only recommend what made sense but also to think outside the box, resulting in seamless integrations. Efficient implementations occur with little to no idle time, increased productivity (even with high-mix, low-volume batches), and the adoption of best operational practices and training of personnel as equipment and software were added. Attendees will learn not only the Lockheed Martin story but also strategies that can help them optimize their own operations.